Durant plans 4-year, $198M extension with Nets


Kevin Durant plans to signal a four-year, $198 million most contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets someday after he turns into eligible Saturday, his longtime enterprise supervisor and co-founder of 35 Ventures and Boardroom, Wealthy Kleiman, informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Durant is anticipated to say no his 2022-23 participant choice and lengthen off of his $42 million wage for the 2021-22 season.

Durant, who is about to play for a 3rd gold medal with Crew USA in Tokyo in opposition to France on Friday evening, was spectacular in his return to the court docket this season. He missed his first season in Brooklyn whereas recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered in Sport 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals in Toronto whereas nonetheless taking part in for the Golden State Warriors.

He wound up solely taking part in 35 regular-season video games for Brooklyn final season resulting from a mix of COVID-19 absences and a hamstring harm, however Durant averaged 26.9 factors, 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists whereas making his eleventh All-Star look.

Durant then averaged 34.3 factors, 9.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 12 playoff video games for the Nets, together with arguably the best efficiency of his legendary profession — a 49-point, 17-rebound, 10-assist triple-double whereas taking part in all 48 minutes of a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Sport 5 of the Jap Convention semifinals. He then performed all 53 minutes of Brooklyn’s additional time loss in Sport 7, scoring one other 48 factors — together with hitting a game-tying shot within the ultimate second of regulation to pressure the additional session.

The Nets are at present projected to spend $296 million subsequent season in payroll and luxurious taxes, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks. That’s the second-biggest quantity in NBA historical past, trailing solely subsequent season’s Warriors, as they attempt to win the franchise’s first NBA championship round Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Irving joined Durant in Brooklyn as free brokers two years in the past, whereas the Nets executed a blockbuster commerce with the Houston Rockets to land Harden in January.

Each Irving and Harden may even be eligible to signal contract extensions with Brooklyn this offseason.

Durant made the announcement on his official web site, The Boardroom.

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